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New Affordable Care Act rules – Comment by November 8

Information courtesy of Disability.gov, the US Department of Health and Human Services

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a rule to address inequality in healthcare. The proposed rule, “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities”, would add to the civil rights protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The proposed rule adds several requirements for effective communication with people with disabilities, including alternative formats and sign language interpreters, and the accessibility of information technology.

The proposed rule also adds discrimination based on gender identity, and enhanced language assistance for people with limited English proficiency.

If this issue is important to you, you may wish to share your thoughts with HHS. You can read the proposed rule and post comments at Regulations.gov. Comments are due by November 8.

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network